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Is the solo comedy show the new church sermon?

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megaphoneOTL was talking to one of their regular OTL punters yesterday about the shows they’d see at Edinburgh Fringe. This person had noticed how many of the 24 comedy shows  they’d seen that had a serious message. They felt at times preached to instead of primarily entertained. If they wanted to be preached at they would have gone to church!

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Perhaps it is driven by what comedians think will interest reviewers and those who put together award lists. Award winning comedy, it seems these days can’t just be about shows with the funniest jokes and that make the most people laugh. They have to be innovative (perhaps gimmicky) and have a strong message.  Don’t get OTL wrong, we love a show that takes us through a rollercoaster of emotion but thought provoking is one thing but being preached at with the occasional joke is another.

First of all a comedy show has be funny otherwise it should it listed in the spoken word section not in the stand up comedy section!

It is of course it is possible to make people laugh and give a strong political and social message.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below. That’s OTL Sunday sermon finished 😉

https://mosaicscience.com/story/comedy-humour-jokes-political-satire-taboo

Looking for some great Comedy Specials on NETFLIX?

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Nothing beats the social experience of laughing together at a live gig with friends. However for the times when we can’t get out to see live comedy, there’s Netflix comedy specials. Netflix heavily features US comedians and why not there are some great ones and realistically it’s unlikely that many of us will have the pleasure of seeing them live. So, sit back, feet up and enjoy some serious laughs with some of my favourite Netflix specials featuring Maria Bamford, Louis CK and Dave Chappelle.Maria_Bamford_Old_Baby_KeyArt_Hor_FM

http://www.culturesonar.com/comedy-specials/

Not sure how to get to Carrickvale golf course for the next OTL gig?

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Our next OTL gig is at Carrickvale golf club on the 30th of September. A location map is included below. It is on the tram line, get off at Balgreen station! Hope to see a full house.
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Carrick Vale golf club is right beside Carrick Knowe golf club! 
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Carrickvale Golf Club
29 Glendevon Park, Edinburgh EH12 5UZ

Globetrotter

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Nik Coppin travels the world doing comedy, Australia, Norway, North America, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany & Spain are just a few of the places he’s been this year! This will be his first time in Peebles! Let’s make it a memorable one.

Over The Lyne Gallery

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Over The Lyne Comedy Club

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Over The Lyne Comedy Club is all about bringing Stand Up comedy to local communities. Laughter brings communities together and is the best medicine!